NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 for desktops is a fast mid range graphics card in the GeForce Turing line-up. It uses a TU106 chip with 1,920 shader, 45 ROPs, 120 TMUs, 240 KI-cores and a 192 Bit memory bus that connects 6 GB of GDDR6 (clocked at 7 GHz leading to 14 GHz effective and 336 GB/s).

 The mobile variant of the RTX 2060 bears the same name, but offers considerable lower clock speeds (see our RTX 2060 laptop page).

Features

NVIDIA manufacturers the TU106 chip on a 12 nm FinFET process and includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), which should combine to create more realistic lighting effects than older GPUs based on the company's Pascal architecture (if the games supports it). The RTX 2060 is also DisplayPort 1.4 ready, while there is also support for HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0).

Performance

The average RTX 2060 should be on par with a Radeon RX Vega 64 and between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 / 1070 Ti. Therefore, the RTX 2060 is most suited for 1920x1080 to 2560x1440 in demanding games.

Power Requirements

NVIDIA specifies that the RTX 2060 should consume a maximum of 160 W and therefore clearly higher than the old GTX 1060 rated at 120 Watt.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q design is the power saving variant of the mobile GeForce RTX 2060. Therefore it is a high end gaming graphics card for thin laptops. It is based on the same chip as the RTX 2060 but with reduced clock speeds and a lower power consumption. It was released in 2020 with the Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop.

With the refresh, Nvidia also reworked the Max-Q technologies for more efficiency. Low Voltage GDDR6 (lower clocked but more headroom for the GPU) and improved regulator efficiency should improve the performance per Watt. Two new optional features can also be implemented by the OEM. Max-Q Dynamic Boost is able to shift power from the CPU to the GPU on a per frame basis to increase overall performance. Furthermore, the laptop manufacturer can also implement Advanced Optimus with a dynamic display switch (hardware) to enable Optimus, G-SYNC and high refresh rate displays (up to 4K 120 Hz).

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 2060 though. The drivers for the Max-Q version were optimized for efficiency (and not performance; only for Max-Q models), there are optimized voltage converters for 1V operation, high-end cooling methods, and a 40 dB limit for the fan noise (with clock adjustments to ensure this at all times).

The performance should be only slightly below the normal RTX 2060 due to the decreased clock rates. It should be most suited for 1080p gaming at maximum detail level. Raytracing features however may reduce framerates a lot, so using raytracing will be limited to some games.

The chip is specified at a TGP of around 65 Watt and therefore clearly lower than the 80 - 90 Watt of the regular RTX 2060 Mobile.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce RTX 2000 Series
NVIDIA Titan RTX compare 4608 @ 1.35 - 1.77 GHz384 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) compare 4352 @ 1.35 - 1.55 GHz352 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop) compare 3072 @ 1.65 - 1.82 GHz256 Bit @ 15500 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) compare 2944 @ 1.52 - 1.71 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compare 3072 @ 1.37 - 1.56 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compare 2944 @ 1.38 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.77 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) compare 2304 @ 1.41 - 1.62 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.14 - 1.38 GHz256 Bit @ 14002 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q compare 3072 @ 0.98 - 1.23 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compare 2944 @ 0.74 - 1.1 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile compare 2304 @ 1.22 - 1.44 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop) compare 2176 @ 1.47 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) 1920 @ 1.32 - 1.62 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q compare 2560 @ 0.93 - 1.16 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q compare 2304 @ 0.89 - 1.19 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compare 1920 @ 0.96 - 1.2 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 1920 @ 0.98 - 1.19 GHz192 Bit @ 11000 MHz
NVIDIA Titan RTX compare 4608 @ 1.35 - 1.77 GHz384 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) compare 4352 @ 1.35 - 1.55 GHz352 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop) compare 3072 @ 1.65 - 1.82 GHz256 Bit @ 15500 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) compare 2944 @ 1.52 - 1.71 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compare 3072 @ 1.37 - 1.56 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compare 2944 @ 1.38 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.77 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) compare 2304 @ 1.41 - 1.62 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.14 - 1.38 GHz256 Bit @ 14002 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q compare 3072 @ 0.98 - 1.23 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compare 2944 @ 0.74 - 1.1 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile compare 2304 @ 1.22 - 1.44 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop) compare 2176 @ 1.47 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) 1920 @ 1.32 - 1.62 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q compare 2560 @ 0.93 - 1.16 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q compare 2304 @ 0.89 - 1.19 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compare 1920 @ 0.96 - 1.2 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 1920 @ 0.98 - 1.19 GHz192 Bit @ 11000 MHz
CodenameTuring TU106N18E-G1 MAX-Q TU106
ArchitectureTuringTuring
Pipelines1920 - unified1920 - unified
Core Speed1320 - 1620 (Boost) MHz975 - 1185 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed14000 MHz11000 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory6144 MB6144 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1, Shader 6.4DirectX 12_1
technology12 nm12 nm
FeaturesDLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorDLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Date of Announcement06.01.2019 06.01.2019
Notebook Sizelarge

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
53.1 pt (55%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
29.3 pt (30%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
7878 Points (44%)
min: 5637     avg: 5953     median: 6052 (34%)     max: 6171 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
7732 Points (40%)
min: 5357     avg: 5707     median: 5850 (30%)     max: 5914 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
424149 Points (67%)
308872 Points (49%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
305160 Points (42%)
95079 Points (13%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
44523 Points (59%)
min: 25407     avg: 31846     median: 31845 (42%)     max: 38287 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
107083 Points (53%)
min: 38074     avg: 51951     median: 53724 (27%)     max: 64056 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
16267 Points (42%)
min: 13173     avg: 14027     median: 14259 (37%)     max: 14649 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
19338 Points (39%)
min: 14241     avg: 15156     median: 15578 (31%)     max: 15650 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
333335 Points (44%)
95273 Points (13%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 22018     avg: 22982     median: 22982 (59%)     max: 23946 Points
min: 18021     avg: 18356     median: 18109 (47%)     max: 18937 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 26413     avg: 27163     median: 27162.5 (46%)     max: 27912 Points
min: 18863     avg: 20180     median: 20572 (35%)     max: 21105 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
125706 Points (66%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
34679 Points (51%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
91.2 fps (47%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 snx-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 showcase-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 medical-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 maya-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 energy-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 creo-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 catia-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
specvp13 3dsmax-06 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
498 fps (54%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
120 fps (33%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
273 fps (63%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
120 fps (45%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
2586 Samples/s (26%)
2664 Samples/s (27%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
5655 Samples/s (20%)
5786 Samples/s (21%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
14375 (31%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
295 Watt (54%)
min: 96.6     avg: 116     median: 116.3 (21%)     max: 136 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
289 Watt (48%)
min: 107.5     avg: 121     median: 120.8 (20%)     max: 134 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 99.2     avg: 112     median: 112.4 (25%)     max: 125.5 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
1418 MHz (74%)
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark
1171 MHz (59%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) → 100% n=16

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q → 76% n=16

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
98.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
95.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
80.5 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
54.2 fps  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
27.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
95.4 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
80.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
67.1 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
46.9 fps  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
21.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
79  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
64  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
55  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
42  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
24  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
86  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
68.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
40.6  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
35.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
26.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
101 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
87.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop):
45.3 fps